Personal profile

Biography

Paul is an Associate Researcher of the School of Global Development at University of East Anglia (UEA). His research interests include energy and environmental policy, economics, the political economy of public policy and development, and policy evaluation. 

 

Career 

Paul is a specialist in impact evaluation design, management and analysis. He has worked internationally as a Consultant and Technical Advisor in the evaluation sector for more than 10 years. He has been a Lead/Principal Investigator for a portfolio delivering more than £50 million of impact evaluations, including randomised control trials, quasi-experiments and mixed-methods evaluations, and designed and run large-scale surveys in 15 different countries. He has experience working as a Research Methods Director for Verian (formerly Kantar Public), which is globally one of the largest specialist evidence and advisory businesses outside of the US. He was also previously a Manager in the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation's (3ie) Synthesis and Reviews office in the U.K., where he worked as Technical Lead for systematic reviews, evidence gap maps and rapid evidence reviews.

He has experience delivering evaluations and evidence advisory services to a wide range of public institutions, international donors and NGOs. This includes FCDO, USAID, SIDA, NORAD, GIZ, the European Commission, the World Bank and World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Health Organization (WHO), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children International, among others. Most recently, he has also acted as a methods advisor on evaluation projects commissioned by UK government departments such as DESNZ, the Home Office and DLUHC, and organisations in the UK’s What Works Network, including Foundations (the What Works Centre for Children & Families), Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI), and the Evaluation Task Force.

 

Teaching

Paul has experience teaching on professional and university courses in development economics, statistics, and applied econometrics. This includes working as an Associate Tutor at UEA, where he contributed to the following courses: 

  • Applied Methods for Impact Evaluation (Masters Course) *
  • Development Perspectives (Masters Course)
  • Econometric Methods (Masters Course) *
  • Economic Policy Analysis (Masters Course) *** 
  • Economics for Development: Macroeconomics (Undergraduate Course) 
  • Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy (Professional Short Course) *
  • Methods in Human Geography (Undergraduate Course) **
  • Methods of Social Research (Undergraduate Course) ** 
  • Quantitative Evidence in Development (Undergraduate Course) *
  • Research Techniques and Analysis (Masters Course) **

Tutorials feature following software: * Stata, ** SPSS, *** GAMS

 

Academic Background

  • PhD Development Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.
  • MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development (Distinction), University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.
  • BSc Finance and Investment (First Class), University of Brighton (UoB), UK.

 

Scholarships and Awards

  • ESRC SeNSS PhD Studentship for Development Studies
  • University of East Anglia’s School of International Development Postgraduate Academic Excellence Award
  • The University of East Anglia's School of International Development Masters Prize for best overall performing student
  • The Development Studies Association & International Consulting Economists Association Masters Dissertation Prize
  • The AIRMIC Graduate Award for best performing graduate student in Finance and Investment

 

Referee for the journals

  • Resource and Energy Economics
  • Politics and Governance
  • Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Resources Policy
  • Extractive Industries and Society
  • Journal of Happiness Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions